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Free unlimited swimming offer in November for people with diabetes

This is available throughout November and is linked to World Diabetes Day on the 14th November. For more information contact the Go Active Get Healthy Team at South Oxfordshire District Council on 01235 422226 or email There is a poster in our Reception area.


EpiPen and EpiPen Junior

There are supply issues with EpiPen and EpiPen Junior. The pen is valid until the end of the month that it expires and certain batches of adult EpiPen can be used safely for 4 months after the expiry date.

Please do not dispose of expired devices until you have a replacement. We are writing to affected patients to provide information to them.


Flu clinics for 2018/19

Please contact Reception to make an appointment for a flu vaccine. Our flu clinics are by appointment only. This year there is a different vaccine for patients aged 65 years and over, it is called Fluad. We will not receive our next delivery until mid October and we have a shortage of vaccines until this date.


Sonning Common Bereavement Group

A new bereavement group will be starting in November at the FISH building on Kennylands Road. The group will be facilitated by Jill Poll, a qualified counsellor. The first meeting will be on Wednesday 28th November from 2pm to 4pm. The group is free. The only cost involved is a contribution towards refreshments. If you would like to join the group please contact Jill by email at

Click here for more information: Sonning Common Bereavement Group.


New GP Registrar: Dr Oliver Walsgrove joined the health centre on Wednesday 1st August. Dr Walsgrove is a GP Registrar who will be at the surgery for one year.

Clinical pharmacist appointments: we have a pharmacist working at the health centre one day a week, conducting medication reviews with patients. Please contact our Reception team to make an appointment with the pharmacist.

Prescription Update - Dovobet and Emollients

We are examining our prescribing of creams to improve care and follow the Oxfordshire formulary.  All creams are available to purchase over the counter if people wish to continue using the ones they are using, although some of the changes are to improve safety.

Please read either or both of the letters below, which explains the matter in more detail.

Dovobet patient information letter

Emollient patient information letter

PSA/Prostate testing:

There is currently no screening programme for prostate cancer in the UK. This is because it has not been proved that the benefits would outweigh the risks

Instead of national screenign programmes, there is an informed choice programme called prostate cancer risk management for healthy men aged 50 or over who ask their GP about PSA testing. It aims to give men good information on the pros and cons of a PSA test.

This only applies to men without urinary symptoms, and if you've had any changes or worries about how you pass water please see your GP.

If you're a man aged 50 or over and decide to have your PSA levels tested after talking to your GP or reading about the pros and cons, we will be able to arrange for it to be carried out for free on the NHS.

If you are thinking about asking for a PSA test, and the bellow information doesn't answer your questions, it is important that you first discuss whether it is right for you with your GP so you understand what the results might mean.

For further information please see: Prostate cancer PSA testing - NHS UK 

Please click the link to the right for further information Prostate information sheets


Ear syringing

We stopped ear syringing at the end of March for all patients except those who the hospital's Ear, Nose & Throat department have requested it for or pre-referral to the Audiology (hearing) clinic. Please read this ear wax guidance note. Patients can contact the following clinics to arrange ear syringing privately:

The Hearing Clinic, 25 Hart Street, Henley, 01491 577555, Leightons Opticians (branches in Reading, Woodley and Marlow). The Reading branch can be reached on 0118 959 0055 or visit or The Oxford Hearing Centre, Eynsham Road, Oxford, 01865 861861.

Micro suction is available at The ENT Consultancy at The Forbury Clinic, 23 Craven Road, Reading. 0118 921 3166 or visit

Strength & Balance events from Age UK Oxfordshire

On Fridays, 1.30-2.30pm at Sonning Common Village Hall. £4 per class, the first class is free.

Please see the poster below. Classes start on Friday 7th September.

Strength & Balance classes at SC village hall

Carers' Strength and Balance Events

On Tuesdays, 2:15-3:15pm at Sonning Common Village Hall. £3 per class, the first class is free.

Therapy-style, evidence-based exercise classes focusing on strength, balance, flexibility and mobility.

Beneficial to the health and wellbeing of both carer and cared-for.

Please see the poster below.  Classes start on Tuesday 30th October.

Carers' Strength & Balance Classes

Go Active Gold Events

  • Fitness MOT

    • Where? - Sonning Common Village Hall
    • When?  - Dates to be advised
      • Info: Free fitness check-ups and activity advise + Refreshements

For more details take a look at this poster! Fitness MOT

Dementia Information Booklet

Following our successful Matters of Memory Day in July, a dementia information booklet has been produced.  The booklet provides information on local organisations and groups for patients with dementia and their carers.  Please click here to read it: Dementia Information Booklet

SCHC - Health News

How to Manage Your Conditions and help the NHS

Please click the link below and read this NHS poster. manage your condition poster 

Support for Young People affected by Crime:

Please feel free to visit the above link, should it be of interest to you.

Diving Medicals

We now offer Occupational Diving Medicals. Please click here  to read further.  


Please click here to see the list of private fees payable by patients.

Limited Hepatitis A and limited Typhoid vaccines

We have limited supplies of Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Please check on the availability of these vaccines with our Reception team in plenty of time before travelling. Patients may need to obtain these vaccines privately at the MASTA Travel Clinic in Reading or at a large Boots store if we do not have the vaccines in stock.

Thinking of Traveling and want more advice on how best to prepare? Take a look at our overseas travel advice here


Patients can access a free online chlamydia testing service at

Shingles information

Shingles eligibility poster

Please click the above link to view a shingles eligibility poster - please check if you fall into the eligible age group(s) and contact us for an immunisation if you need one.

Please note that:
  • People are not eligible for an immunisation if they are over 80 years of age.
  • It is medically recommended not to have a shingles vaccine if you have had shingles in the last year.

NHS Bulletin

NHS England decides new OTC prescribing rules


NHS England has recommended an exemption to new OTC prescribing guidance for patients whose ability to self-manage their health is compromised.

Following the recent OTC medicines prescribing consultation, it has issued an OTC guidance letter, offering implementation advice to CCGs.

Medical, mental health or significant social vulnerability are among the reasons for prescribing to take place.


Read more on DDA Online today. 

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